Jia Ern Loy

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. I am broadly interested in how the pragmatics of a communication shapes the way we produce and interpret language.

My PhD work with Martin Corley and Hannah Rohde made use of eye- and mouse-tracking paradigms to investigate the the role of disfluencies in listeners' on-line pragmatic inferences, focussing on the comprehension of deception and scalar implicatures.

I am currently working with Kenny Smith on an ERC-funded project on the evolution of linguistic complexity. I run experiments in the lab and online investigating how our inferences about our interlocutors' linguistic or communicative context influence language use and evolution.

Here are some projects I'm working on: osf.io/hd6js

You can contact me at: jia.loy@ed.ac.uk


Loy, J. E., Rohde, H. & Corley, M. (2018) Cues to Lying May Be Deceptive: Speaker and Listener Behaviour in an Interactive Game of Deception. Journal of Cognition, 1(1), 42. doi: 10.5334/joc.46

King, J. P. J., Loy, J. E. & Corley, M. (2018) Contextual effects on online pragmatic inferences of deception. Discourse Processes.doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330041

Loy, J. E., Rohde, H & Corley, M. (2017) Effects of disfluency in online interpretation of deception. Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12378

conference proceedings/presentations

Loy, J. E., Rohde, H., & Corley, M. (2016). Lying about where the treasure lies: Pragmatic cues to deception in production and comprehension. Poster at the 22nd AMLaP conference.

Loy, J., Rohde, H & Corley, M. (2016) Lying, in a manner of speaking. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 8. pdf

Loy, J. E., Rohde, H. & Corley, M. (2015) The truth about lying: Pragmatic judgements about speaker reliability are made on-line. Talk at the 21st AMLaP conference.

PhD thesis

Loy, J. E. (2018) Effects of manner of delivery in on-line pragmatic inferences. pdf (UoE archives)

Python: I have tutored and guest lectured on Introduction to Cognitive Science, covering a range of programming topics including sequences, functions, control structures and classes, with a focus on the use of Python in Cognitive Science research.

Statistics: I have tutored on Research Methods and Statistics 2 and 3, covering quantitative methods used in psychological research such as cluster analysis, multilevel modelling and data processing and visualisation in R.

Research supervised: Alongside Kenny Smith, I have co-supervised MSc student dissertation projects on the priming of English pronouns and the accommodation of auxiliary selection in Italian speakers.

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